Here we are in 2018, and so we have turned our attention to home alterations. Well actually not alterations, more bulldozing down half of the house and building it back up again. It seems such […]
Ryton Festival 2018
Ryton and District Festival of Music Speech and Drama is upon us again. Just a reminder, we are in our 75th year, and alumna/alumni include Wendy Craig and Sir Thomas Allen. Please come and join […]
Moving on ……..
We’ve moved. House that is. Actually, this occurred nearly a year back but I’ve just got around to writing about it because it only really sank in a couple of weeks ago. Although I’m from […]
The best until last?
Mr Laidler, the head of St. Agnes Primary School, is clearly very proud of his pupils and staff and the hard work they put in. Not just at Christmas of course, but I suppose that […]
A Christmas cracker!
Another cracking St. Agnes Primary School performance this afternoon, this time the turn of Years 1 and 2, classes taught by Mrs Watson and Mrs Hankin. A polished performance, with some lovely singing, great costumes, […]
St. Agnes Day Nursery – First Nativity
Now I see where the talent I witness at St. Agnes Primary School begins. I was delighted to be invited to St. Agnes Day Nursery yesterday, to see the childrens’ first ever nativity play. Thank […]
Thorp Academy – Babes in the Wood, 18th – 19th December
I’ve seen many wonderful productions at Thorp Academy. Click on https://rytonian.com/?s=thorp+academy There is a chance to see Year 10 GCSE drama student in action next week. For full details contact the Academy finance office. […]
St. Agnes raise the bar yet again
The surprising things about the productions staged by St. Agnes School in Crawcrook, is that every time I go, I think that it would be impossible for them to get any better, and yet they […]
Thank you Ryton and Crawcrook CO-OP!i
A massive thank you to local residents who nominated Ryton Library and Ryton Festival of Music Speech and Drama as beneficiaries of the CO-OP’s drive to support the local community. Big thanks too to the […]
Declaration of intent
My stomach is nice and slim. At least one of them is. It’s the other three or four that are the problem. I’m fond of telling people my doctor’s instructions, “You mustn’t run anymore because […]
The weather held out for the annual Ryton Show yesterday afternoon. Here are a few photos. Check out Mr. Paul James Kirsopp!
Ryton Buskers Group – this Sunday
You will have seen the posters in Ryton advertising the Ryton Village Show, held at the cricket club on Sunday, 17th September. The Ryton Buskers Group will be in the main marquee (handy for the […]
Where did August go?
As previously stated on this blog, my employment with a single organisation lasted for 37 years by the simple expedient that no one else would have me. Against their better judgement (obviously) Gateshead MBC have […]
Coffee in the Courtyard
Our Coffee in the Courtyard event (Ryton Community Library) was a roaring success. Held last Saturday morning, many people from Ryton and the surrounding areas dropped in to see us. As you can see from […]
Foodbank collection point in Ryton
Rytonian Alison Stancliffe has kindly been in touch to tell us about the Gateshead Foodbank. Alison writes: “Did you know Gateshead Foodbank has a food collection point in Ryton? The folk at Ryton Methodist church […]
Paul sings to Frankie!
My talented friend Paul Kirsopp can often be found busking outside Morrison’s in Blaydon. On July 13th, four-year old Frankie Coleby from Dunston was passing Paul and he began to dance. Paul gave a special […]
St. Agnes brighten a rainy afternoon!
Some more St. Agnes magic this afternoon when we were entertained to their annual summer concert. The young people brightened up a rainy afternoon. Well done guys!
Rhyme Time – end of term party
Rhyme Time, run by Ryton Library volunteers, runs during term time every Monday morning (except Bank Holidays) in the hall at Ryton Methodist Church from 10am to 11am. It’s proving to be so popular however, […]
Greenside Banner Tales picnic
.A wonderful Sunday afternoon in the sun, celebrating 51 years since the last shift at Greenside Pit. Greenside Cricket Club provided the venue, I even managed to win a coconut! Here are some pics. It’s […]
Our jubilee – scrapbook of Ryton 1965 – you must see this!
I am indebted to David Richardson who has supplied the following photographs courtesy of Beamish Museum. The photographs are pages of a scrapbook compiled in 1965, possibly by a member of Ryton WI. One or two names immediately spring out, such as Howard Taylor, Mary and Tommy Charlton, and several familiar names appear among the patrons and members of the 54 Club. Other notable Rytonians from days gone by are featured, Ronnie Boyle, of Boyle’s general dealers, and who remembers Mr. Hughes? Click on an image to view full size. They can be downloaded to facilitate better viewing, however all are the property of Beamish Museum and must not be reproduced without their permission. For best results use a lap or desk top computer.
A word on local history
Ann Wolstenholme asks: “Does anyone have a photo of Croft House, now the Buffs, up near Emmaville Hall? I am researching a gentleman who lived there in 1900’s. He’s called Thomas Spark Batey. If anyone […]
I’m grateful for the NHS
Some years ago I had lunch with a new acquaintance called Rhona. Throughout our three courses I was given a detailed account of her bowel operation, and an itemised list of the debris recovered by […]
The People’s Kitchen
The People’s Kitchen in Bath Lane , Newcastle, serves food to homeless, disadvantaged and vulnerable folk in the area three times a week. It also organises events and gives out good, second-hand (or new) clothes […]
Sporting opportunities at Thorp Academy
Thorp Academy, which is sponsored by the Northern Education Trust, has officially launched an exciting new sports scholarship programme for students. The Academy is building on its finest ever GCSE results in 2016 by heading […]